Civil Rights / Liberties
By Claire Pimentel on May 2, 2016
Rep. Grace Diaz’s Tuition Equity bill was heard in the House Finance Committee meeting Thursday evening, with several student activists giving powerful testimony in support of the legislation. House Bill 7374 would codify existing policy that grants in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities to undocumented students who have graduated from the […]
By ACLU of RI on May 2, 2016
“The right of the public to be heard by our government is very basic to our form of government and it should not be allowed to be abridged by anyone,” said plaintiff Richard Welch, “This is not the first time that this has happened in North Kingstown, but it must be the last.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, H. Jefferson Melish, Kerry McKay, North Kingstown Town Council, Richard Welch | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on April 28, 2016
After a verbal altercation between the bouncer and members of the group, police were called. On his way out of the bar, Alves gestured toward the bouncer with the American Sign Language sign for “b*llsh*t,” which police who had arrived at the scene interpreted as giving them the middle finger.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Events, Featured | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, American Sign Language, David Alves, R.I. Disability Law Center, Woonsocket | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2016
A somber yet unyielding Town Council faced the displeasure of Burrillville residents Wednesday night. At issue is whether or not the residents of Burrillville can trust their elected officials to negotiate in their best interests with Invenergy, a multi-billion dollar company intent on bringing a fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plan to their pristine town. The Town Council appeared to do themselves no favors allowing their lawyer, Oleg Nikolyszyn, speak for them.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Climate Change, corporate greed, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, State House, Video | Tagged Andrew Vanable, David Place, Deborah Yablonski, Gina Raimondo, Jan Luby, Jason Olkowski, Jeremy Bailey, John Pacheco, Michael McElroy, Open Meetings Act | 2 Responses
By Nick Horton on April 28, 2016
The RI Supreme Court, in a decision written by Supreme Court Justice Maureen Goldberg, upheld what is one of the most influential pieces of criminal justice reform legislation in the past ten years. This law, known alternately as the “Justice and Innocence Bill” and the “32(f) law,” was passed in 2010 but has been on […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2016
The best and the worst that Rhode Island has to offer was on display during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit Monday.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, donald trump, PrYSM, White Noise Collective | 7 Responses
By Randall Rose on April 24, 2016
Donald Trump will be holding a rally at 1pm Monday at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, and some Rhode Islanders hope to shut the rally down… My aim in this article is to argue against trying to shut down the pro-Trump rally.
By Roberta Richman on April 22, 2016
From my firsthand experience within the corrections system, I strongly support legislation introduced by Representative Aaron Regunberg and Senator Harold Metts to guarantee commonsense protections against the inappropriate use of prolonged solitary confinement.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
One time RI Future contributor Lisa Petrie was arrested at the State House this evening by State Police for failing to leave the State Room after protesters demanded an audience with Governor Gina Raimondo over the proposed Invenergy oil and fracked gas burning power plant proposed for Burrillville. Petrie is a member of Fossil Free RI and a long time environmental activist here in the state.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Photos, State House | Tagged fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Lisa Petrie, state house | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
“Panhandling is common in Kennedy Plaza,” said a reporter at a Jorge Elorza press conference yesterday, “is that going to be addressed in addition to the drug dealing?” Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Paré was standing behind a podium, having just announced the results of a months long effort to arrest drug dealers in […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2016
Wednesday night’s Burrillville Town Council meeting lasted over three full hours, and though the council considered other business, the majority of the discussion concerned Invenergy’s proposed fracked gas and oil burning power plant. Here’s all the most important video.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Elections, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged burrillville | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2016
Trump could never handle Rhode Island.
That’s why he ran away.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 11, 2016
“The ACLU is very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Caleb Chafee case. We believe it fails to give sufficient weight to the important public interest in monitoring police investigations of high-profile cases.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Amanda Milkovits, caleb chafee, Lincoln Chafee, Providence Journal | 1 Response
ACLU of RI applauds new online voter registration law, first in country to specify accomodations for voters with disabilities
By ACLU of RI on April 7, 2016
The ACLU of Rhode Island today commended Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea for introducing, the General Assembly for passing, and Governor Gina Raimondo for signing legislation adopting online voter registration for the state’s residents, and particularly for addressing voters with disabilities.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 5, 2016
“My recollection,” wrote Rep Coughlin on Facebook, “is my Democratic Party barely squeezed out a majority of the popular vote last November. If the leadership keeps pandering on this issue they may find a conservative element of the party changes allegiances giving the Republicans a very solid majority next time around.”
In theory, I think the idea of a 6-10 Boulevard has the potential to be a great project. However, knowing very well how capital in Rhode Island, particularly based around real estate interests in Providence, functions in a way that subverts all good ideas to benefit the rich and disenfranchise the poor, I would like […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 4, 2016
What is solitary confinement, really? Can any of us who have not experienced it truly understand it? Four former RI inmates tell their stories as they plead for reforms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, News, People, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Black and Pink, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, Jessica Gonzalez, John Prince, JoseDavi Lamoso, Osiris | 6 Responses
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 31, 2016
Until national legislation is passed providing earned paid sick time, state and local provisions can provide this important family-friendly employment standard.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Center on Economic and Policy Research, Economic Policy institute, Healthy And Safe Families And Workplaces Act, Medicaid, paid sick days | 3 Responses
By ACLU of RI on March 31, 2016
The ACLU of RI and RI Legal Services today applauded a Superior Court decision holding that the Cumberland school district could not charge a student a $700 fee in order to attend summer school to avoid repeating ninth grade.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Featured | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, cumberland, Deborah Gist, Judge William Carnes Jr, RI Department of Education, RI Legal Services, Steven Brown, Susan Giannini, Veronika Kot | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on March 30, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced it has agreed to provide legal representation to the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon, both of which have been threatened with a defamation suit if they write stories about the contents of a public document.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, anti-SLAPP law, first amendment, General Assembly, Jeffrey Sowa, John Howell, Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Robert Borkowski, Rosemary Healey, Steven Brown, Warwick Beacon, Warwick Post, Warwick School Department, William Wynne | Leave a response